Salishan Sturgeon Nose Canoe: Water is Life
Shawn Brigman is an enrolled member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians and descendant of regional Salish bands (San Poil, Arrow Lakes, and Shuswap). “As a traditional artisan for 12 descendant of regional Salish bands (San Poil, Arrow Lakes, and Shuswap), my creative practice has been one of project based ancestral recovery efforts in Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Southern British Columbia, exploring and transforming the way people read Plateau architectural space by celebrating the physical revival of ancestral Plateau art and architectural heritage.”
Shawn will be crafting of a full-scale sturgeon nose canoe unique to the interior Plateau Salish peoples in Eastern Washington State, while exploring contemporary construction tools, methods, and techniques. He envisioned that this traditional work will contribute to the recovery of lost arts of the Spokane Indians by expressing a shared heritage in patterns of construction of ancestral canoe heritage in the northern Plateau culture area.
GlitterCouch: Artist Interview Series
GlitterCouch is a shining, almost magical, object that is taken into locations such as hiking trails, urban alleyways, offices, and parking lots, playing with the juxtaposition of a glitzy piece of home furniture in unexpected scenery. Local artists are invited to be interviewed by Brittany Decker and Remelisa Cullitan, where they can speak frankly about their work and present themselves to a global audience in a casual intimate setting. The interviews are recorded and published for the world to see on a variety of social media outlets. “We feel that there is a need for a platform in which local artists have both visual and audible examples of their work made public.” Brittany Decker
Similar to many artists' projects in Spokane, GlitterCouch is currently being funded 100% out of pocket by the co-creators. With grant funding from SAGA, they will grow the outreach of GlitterCouch, and will work to improve the audio-visual quality of their work. These improvements will not only grow the GlitterCouch audience, but will also help to invite more and more interesting and diverse artists to the couch for interviews.
While ArtFest has been popular in Spokane for 32 years, the MAC requested funding to help support a new music initiative as part of the annual event. Between 160-175 artists participate each year in ArtFest, many of whom are return vendors because of the quality of the festival. Artists come from a variety of backgrounds including painting, drawing, ceramics, fiber, metal, photography, printmaking, among others. With the help of SAGA, 16 music and performance artists will be added to the lineup. Over 30,000 visitors attend the three-day event, and while enjoying ArtFest, they also participate in other activities in Spokane, such as shopping, dining, and other cultural activities. Besty Godlewski says, “The MAC views the event as important community outreach, providing the public access to the arts in a festive atmosphere, as well as providing artists an avenue to present their work to a large audience.”
ArtFest is free to the public, but requires substantial resources from within the museum to produce. Support from SAGA will not only support the music component of ArtFest, but also enable the museum to broaden its reach to the neighborhoods and communities in and around Spokane and ensure the high quality reputation of the event, showcasing the best work of local and regional artists and supporting them as they try to reach new markets and new audiences.
BASE Songwriting Workshops
Scott Ryan has been writing songs for more than fifteen years, and has been a professional musician either part or full time since graduating with a music degree in 2007. He plays shows all over the country, has recorded multiple records and his music has been used to score films and television shows. In addition he has taught guitar, voice and songwriting to various skill levels.
Scott Ryan will present professional songwriting classes to those in our community looking to learn new techniques and skills to hone their craft, called BASE Songwriting Workshop. Scott says, “The name BASE represented this being both a foundational course for teaching the arts, and the hope that it would be seen as a place of safety for many different people to come and partake in the class. As much as anyone can study and learn about music, as with any art form, there's still magic in it. My approach is to help songwriters understand where their strengths lie and learn to use what they are good at to their advantage, as well as push them to experiment with new methods.”
Spokane Poetry Slam
Spokane Poetry Slam will use grant funds to create an anthology which will highlight the talented slam poets that have emerged from the Spokane scene, representing a diverse cross-section of communities in Spokane. We hope to not only publish the "best of" work from past National Poetry Slam team members, including about 30 local poets, but also reach out to those who've shaped Spokane Poetry Slam as an organization. Sales of the collection will help provided needed funds for Spokane to host the Individual World Poetry Slam in October 2017.
Window Dressing: ArtScapes
SAGA funds will help Terrain Programs continue our programmatic work to transform Spokane into an economically diverse, stronger, and more vibrant city. The grant will specifically support Window Dressing's two strategies, which are known as Artscapes and Creative Enterprise. Terrain will use SAGA funds to help Window Dressing sustain Artscapes locations and phase in a second Creative Enterprise cohort.
Artscapes: Window Dressing develops relationships with local property owners and unites their empty storefronts with locally created artworks. Blocks that once resembled ghost towns come alive with vibrant, engaging works that enthrall passersby, displace vandalism, and attract businesses to the neighborhood (often into the very spaces that once displayed an artscape).
Creative Enterprise: Currently with a cohort of 14 artistic businesses who were selected in the summer of 2016. Each Enterprise received intensive business training jointly carried out by Avista's Center for Entrepreneurship. Window Dressing will coach them as we sleuth out the perfect space for the businesses that will be placed in a bricks-and-mortar storefront, and we are currently in conversation with about half of the cohort to examine the feasibility of a shared storefront.
Kathryn Smith: The Chosen Companions of the Goblin
“The Chosen Companions of the Goblin” is a book-length poetry project about and inspired by the Fox Sisters of Hydesville, New York, who in the mid-1800s helped spur--perhaps unwittingly--the Modern American Spiritualist movement. In other words, they claimed to communicate with the dead. The poems explore several intersections: most notably, the living and the dead, the earthly realm and the spirit realm, but also the intersections of fact and fiction, truth and lie, faith and proof, as well as the confluence of numerous historical factors in informing a movement.
My vision for “The Chosen Companions of the Goblin” is two-fold. First, I intend to extend the series of poems I've already begun into a book-length project combining poetry and erasure. Second, utilizing collage and bookbinding, I envision either a one-of-a-kind art piece to accompany a publishable volume, or a small number of handmade, limited-edition chapbooks.
WITH SAGA SUPPORT:
SAGA funding will allow Kathryn Smith to prepare and conduct several workshops in collaboration with local arts venues. These events and opportunities point to what makes Spokane such a great place for literary artists right now. “Our writers have a genuine attitude that success for one author means success for the whole community. It makes me excited to work," Kathryn said. "There's a constant stream of compelling readings and events. The talent, encouragement, variety, and sense of community that exist in Spokane's literary scene make it impossible for me to imagine doing this work anywhere else.”